Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you service your vehicle more frequently if you drive in ‘severe’ conditions. A lot of drivers are surprised at what counts as severe driving. In fact, for most drivers ‘normal’ driving habits are actually ‘severe’. In Canada, because of the extreme heat and cold, all vehicles operate in severe driving conditions. Severe driving conditions include one or more of the following:
Protect your car with frequent services and proper maintenance to counteract the effects of severe driving conditions. Check your owner’s manual for service recommendations and talk to an expert.
Driving short distances often makes an engine dirtier than driving long distances at high speeds. Engines create carbon from the combustion of air and gasoline. Some of this carbon is emitted through the exhaust but some of it also remains in the engine. This remaining carbon is cleaned and circulated in the engine oil.
As the engine heats up more of this carbon is burned up and blown out through the exhaust. If you only drive short distances the engine may never get hot enough to exhaust the carbon so it will remain in the engine. This is why it’s a good idea to drive your vehicle on the highway for 20 minutes to help clean the engine.